kick-start Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"kick-start" in British English

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kick-startverb [T]

uk   /ˈkɪk.stɑːt/  us   /-stɑːrt/

kick-start verb [T] (MOTORCYCLE)

to make the ​engine of a ​motorcyclestart by ​forcefullypushing down a ​metalbar with ​yourfoot

kick-start verb [T] (HELP)

to make something ​start to ​happen: Taxes were ​drasticallycut in an ​attempt to kick-start the ​economy.

kick-startnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɪk.stɑːt/  us   /-stɑːrt/
a ​metalbar that you ​push down ​forcefully with ​yourfoot to make the ​engine of a ​motorcyclestart
(Definition of kick-start from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"kick-start" in Business English

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kick-startverb [T]

uk   us  
to make something ​start to ​happen, ​happen more quickly, or ​improve: Taxes were ​drasticallycut in an attempt to kick-start the ​economy. A ​substantialpayrise for every nurse would kick-start ​recruitment and encourage others to ​stay.
kick-start Our ​business got a welcome kick-start from the ​taxrebateprogram.
(Definition of kick-start from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “kick-start”
in Chinese (Simplified) 摩托车, 用脚踏启动(摩托车)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 摩托車, 用腳踏啟動(摩托車)…
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